Study finds menu nutrient information from restaurants to be inaccurate

January 7, 2010 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Study finds menu nutrient information from restaurants to be inaccurate

While a growing number of restaurants are starting to provide detailed nutrient information to consumers about their menu items, one recent study is questioning the accuracy of these numbers.

Researchers from Tufts University in Boston analyzed the calorie content of 18 dishes from sit-down restaurants, 11 dishes from fast food restaurants and 10 frozen meals from the supermarket, and compared their analysis to the nutrient information provided by the restaurants, or products.  Overall, researchers found the calorie content information provided by the restaurants and food manufacturers was 18 percent less than the researcher’s calorie content analysis.  In fact, researchers even found two side dishes that exceeded the reported calorie content by a whopping 200 calories.

So what’s the source of all those extra calories?  Researchers report in the January issue of the American Dietetic Association that everything from discrepancies in serving size, to free side dishes likely accounted for the extra calories.

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